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Footballers from Costa Rica lent their support to the unveiling of an anti-discrimination mural at a primary school, saying it was their duty to promote the message.

Daniel Cambronero, goalkeeper for Club Sport Herediano, said it was important for him to speak to the children on the issue because he was bullied as a youth-team player.

“I want to teach them the importance of respect,” Cambronero said.

Other players who attended the event with Alejandro Sequeira, president of national union Asojupro, were Daniel Colindres, Donny Grant, Alejandro Alpízar, José Gabriel Vargas, Verny Scott and Randy Cubero.

The event coincided with the 20th anniversary of “Show Racism the Red Card” and the players held up red signs with those words in Spanish.

“As footballers we are an example to the children of this country,” Colindres, who plays for Deportivo Saprissa, said. “We have to send out a message to them.”